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Monday, September 13, 2004

 
Rocket Fun

Duncan and Cal watching the kite. It crashed to the ground soon after I took this picture.We didn't paint at all yesterday. In fact, we didn't do much that was constructive at all. Mike is still beset by horrible allergies and I figured he needed a break before starting a new work week.

I wanted us to do a little more than just sit around the house being slugs though so after lunch we all piled into the car and headed to Eldon Lyon Park. Duncan received a model rocket for Christmas last year and we decided the weather was perfect for testing it out. I snagged a couple of cheapie kites from Duncan's closet as well.

We didn't have much luck with the Spider-Man kite. I could get it up for a couple of minutes at a time but it wasn't quite windy enough to allow me enough time to get it up higher where it could catch some stronger gusts. Then the Spidey kite bit the dust when Duncan threw it in the air and tore off the strip of plastic that attached the string to the kite. So much for that.

Fortunately I had a spare kite. Unfortunately I couldn't find the two pieces of plastic that were necessary to make the damn kite work. So there went kite flying for the afternoon.

We still had the rocket, however. Mike was slaving away putting the igniter and engine in and getting the launcing pad ready while we were messing with the kites. The rocket came with five engines but only three igniters so three shots of the rocket was all we were gonna get until I could go to Hobby Lobby and pick up some more supplies.

The first launch went perfectly. The rocket shot up and came down releasing its parachute streamer thingie with no problems. The second launch, however, didn't go as smoothly. It went up fine but the streamer never released so the rocket's descent wasn't slowed any and it crashed to the ground. This caused the end of the rocket tube to get crumpled. Mike decided to trim off the crumpled bit and we'd see how the rocket fared for the third launch.

The rocket after its second launch.So a little shorter rocket went up for the third time and let me tell you removing that little bit made a difference. It shot up faster and higher, this time toward some houses. And, once again, the damn streamer didn't come out. We packed up the rocket launching gear and Mike and the kids trooped off to see if they could find the rocket while I waited in the car.

Never did find the damn thing. I figure it either went into one of the backyards or it got stuck in a tree. I distinctly heard it hitting leaves as it headed toward the ground.

After that we came home to bask in air-conditioned splendor. Cal fell asleep on the way back and ended up sleeping for about thirty minutes. Not nearly long enough for a nap and he was a cranky little shit for a couple hours after that. All in all, it was a relaxing Sunday at the Hodge Lodge.


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